Re­turn to the bal­lot box

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With only a few weeks to go be­fore the Amer­i­can midterm elec­tions (6 Novem­ber) ten­sions are ris­ing. This vote is to elect all seats in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and one third in the Se­nate. And, un­like pre­vi­ous midterms, this one has been in prepa­ra­tion for a long time. The rea­son… Don­ald Trump, whose pres­i­dency has di­vided the coun­try and un­leashed an un­prece­dented fever of po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism. If the Democrats man­age to take over the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, as many polls in­di­cate they could, Trump’s agenda will be com­pro­mised, and maybe even steps to im­peach­ment taken. This elec­tion is clearly a ref­er­en­dum of the Trump pres­i­dency. With this in mind, the cam­paign bud­gets, as of mid July, have al­ready sur­passed former midterm elec­tions, with po­lit­i­cal par­ties spend­ing over a bil­lion dol­lars on TV ad­ver­tis­ing alone. Former pres­i­dent, Barack Obama, has left re­tire­ment to cam­paign for the Democrats. After lend­ing his sup­port to 81 can­di­dates this sum­mer, he gave speeches vig­or­ously de­nounc­ing Trump’s poli­cies in Septem­ber. This is a bat­tle of two very dif­fer­ent kinds of pres­i­dency, and ide­olo­gies, sym­bol­ised by Trump and Obama, in these elec­tions.

AMÉLIE ARA RÉDACTRICE EN CHEF

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